Organizing a Beach or River clean-up

6th August 2018
People for Conservation


A Rocha South Africa supports the International Coastal Clean-up and would like to invite congregations and individuals to arrange or participate in a local clean-up on a beach, along a river, or anywhere that needs cleaning up on 15 September 2018.

International Coastal Clean-up is the largest volunteer event in the world. It has been running for some 32 years and involves thousands of volunteers in 100+ countries. So join the fun.

A Rocha International has developed a comprehensive manual on organizing a clean-up. (Click to download).

Here are the basics


1. Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018.

2. Pick a location and get permission: Decide WHERE the clean-up will take place. Get permission from the municipality or owner of the property if needed.

3. Get the word out: Advertise the event at your church and in the local press. Invite volunteers to participate. Use social media. Involve members, Sunday School kids and the youth.

4. Plan a safe event

Get a team together to decide:

5. You should provide

6. Each volunteer should bring


Before and during the clean-up

1.  Welcome everybody and divide into groups of 3 or 4. One person to fill in the monitoring sheet and the others to collect
2.  Give a monitoring sheet to each group to fill in. This helps to keep track of what has been picked up
3.  Let groups pick litter in the designated area
4.  Take pictures of volunteers working
5.  When refuse bags have been filled deposit them at agreed place

After the clean-up

1.  Count all the filled bags and determine the total weight of litter collected
2.  Collect the monitoring sheet from everyone
3.  Take a picture of the group
4.  Thank every participant and enjoy refreshments


1.  Collate the data from all of the monitoring sheets. (Click to download summary spreadsheet)
2.  Evaluate the clean-up event
3.  Send the collated information and pictures to A Rocha South Africa by 28 September

We would love that you and your congregation register your clean-up. Please give your details by completing the form below – name and that of the congregation or community group.

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